Psychology is a broad and exciting field of science. Psychology students might pursue careers in clinical psychology, counseling, school psychology, social work, or family therapy, or a career in education. Or, students might be drawn to study human behavior and the brain. At Southern, students get a broad education in psychology and focused training in their specific area of interest, whether it's the mental-health field, neuroscience, cognitive science, or applied psychology. Internship sites afford students professional experience in mental health, educational, and laboratory settings.
Department of Psychology Programs
The minor in Psychological Science offers students an opportunity to take upper-level Psychology courses to complement their major. The Psychological Science minor differs from the Psychology minor in that it includes coursework in statistics and advanced psychology courses that have an experimental focus. The minor is an excellent choice for students who plan to apply to medical school. It is also ideal for students with majors that will lead to careers in educational and health-care professions, such as Nursing, Communication Disorders, and Exercise Science, and students who plan to pursue careers in the biotechnology and information-technology fields.
Psychology is relevant to many areas of study that involve learning, behavior, development, mental and behavioral health, communication, and social interactions. Because of this, the Psychology minor provides an excellent complement to many different majors, including Communication Disorders, Social Work, Biology, Public Health, Sociology, Exercise Science, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Marketing, Management, and Nursing. Many graduate programs have undergraduate Psychology prerequisites, making the minor a practical choice. The minor provides flexibility in course selection among Psychology courses at the 200- and 300-levels, allowing students to tailor their course selection to their interests and career goals.
Psychology is the study of the mind, the brain, and behavior, which covers a wide range of topics, such as understanding different forms of mental illness, how we learn and think, how we interact with others, and how our nervous system works. Psychology is a research-based field and we emphasize the scientific method in our classes. The field also covers how psychological knowledge can be applied - such as treating disorders, providing counseling, enhancing employee health, assessing cognitive skills, and improving educational techniques.
The B.A. in Psychology, General concentration is designed for students who want to obtain a broad base of knowledge in Psychology and want the flexibility to tailor their course selections to their specific interests. It provides training in the experimental methods of scientific psychology as well as the principles of behavior and mental processes. Students take a mixture of required courses and selections from specific groups of courses. They will have classes ranging from surveys of broad topics to an experimental psychology lab course to high-level special-topics seminars. Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities to become involved in research, including working with faculty on research internships for course credit and completing thesis and independent study projects. Additionally, the program provides students with enough elective credits to pursue a minor.
The General Psychology concentration is an excellent option for students who have broad interests in the field of Psychology and who want the flexibility to pursue different career paths.
Psychology is the study of the mind, the brain, and behavior, which covers a wide range of topics, such as understanding different forms of mental illness, how we learn and think, how we interact with others, and how our nervous system works. Psychology is a research-based field and we emphasize the scientific method in our classes, and the field also covers how psychological knowledge can be applied - such as treating disorders, providing counseling, enhancing employee health, assessing cognitive skills, and improving educational techniques.
The B.A. in Psychology, Mental Health concentration is specifically geared toward students with an interest in the fields of behavioral and mental health. In addition to providing a solid grounding in the principles of psychology, the concentration offers upper-level seminars in counseling, psychological assessment, and clinical psychology. The capstone of the program is a semester-long field practicum in the senior year, in which students gain hands-on experience in a professional mental-health setting.
The Psychology Mental Health concentration is an excellent option for students who plan to pursue a career in a mental-health profession such as:
- Counseling Psychology
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Social Work
- Clinical Psychology
- School Counseling
These fields require post-graduate degrees, and the Mental Health program improves students’ competitiveness for acceptance in these graduate programs.
Psychology is the study of the mind, the brain, and behavior, which covers a wide range of topics, such as understanding different forms of mental illness, how we learn and think, how
we interact with others, and how our nervous system works. Psychology is a research-based field and we emphasize the scientific method in our classes, and the field also covers how psychological knowledge can beapplied - such as treating disorders, providing counseling, enhancing employee health, assessing cognitive skills, and improving educational techniques.
The B.S. in Psychology is specifically geared towards students with interests in 1) pursuing research in psychology and behavioral neuroscience, in 2) assessment and testing methods, and in 3) the applications of psychology to the workplace and public policy. The program has a focus on upper-level seminars, with choices that can be tailored to the student’s specific interests, and includes courses taken outside of the major to complement the psychology coursework. The capstone of the program is a semester-long research field practicum in the senior year, in which students gain hands-on experience in a research setting.
Students in the BS program can choose courses to follow specific tracks of study:
1. Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS)
- For students interested in the biological basis of behavior
- Preparation for graduate training/careers in STEM fields such as neuroscience, biotechnology, or medicine.
2. Cognitive Science (CogSci)
- For students interested in topics such as language, reading, attention, neuropsychology, and cognitive and developmental disabilities
- Preparation for graduate training or careers in research psychology, technology, and communication disorders.
3. Applied Psychology & Assessment (AP&A)
- For students interested in psychological testing and other professional applications of psychology. Course selection can be tailored to your specific interest
- Preparation for graduate training or careers in: School Psychology, Assessment & Quantitative Psychology, Industrial/Organizational & Human Factors Psychology, Health Psychology, and Public Policy
The B.S. in Psychology is an excellent option for students who want to:
- Increase their competitiveness for masters and Ph.D. programs in research and applied
- Psychology Apply to medical school
- Work in a research laboratory
- Work for a biotechnology company
- Pursue a career in Testing and Assessment, including School Psychology
The Master of Arts in Psychology is a 30-credit program that provides students with advanced coursework in psychological research, theories, and methods. It is designed for students with an undergraduate degree or extensive undergraduate coursework in Psychology, and the program is flexible in order to meet a variety of interests and career options. In addition to classroom coursework, which is all taught in a seminar format, the program offers several direct training opportunities. These include laboratory research and Masters thesis projects, training in testing and assessment, research field practicum experiences, and clinical field practicum experiences. The program is ideal for students who:
- Plan to apply to Ph.D. programs in Psychology or Psy.D. programs, and need additional research experience to increase their competitiveness
- Plan to work in a research setting
- Individuals who plan to pursue a career in a psychology-related field, and want to expand their knowledge and skills in psychology
- Professionals who seek to update their credentials in employment settings related to psychology
- Teachers in secondary school who want to acquire knowledge and skills for teaching psychology in addition to their current certification
Students can follow a thesis track, which includes an empirical Masters thesis project, or an exam track, which includes coursework and a comprehensive exam.
The program is flexible enough to be completed either on a full-time or a part- time basis. We offer opportunities for graduate assistantships and research assistantships, which are competitive. While this program is not a clinical or counseling training program and does not lead to licensure, some courses are relevant to clinical psychology. Emphasis is placed on faculty advisement to help tailor the program to the needs of the individual student.